Arnold Schwarzenegger slams world leaders who claim tackling climate change hurts economy

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Arnold Schwarzenegger has criticised world leaders who claim tackling climate change carries economic costs as either "stupid" or "liars".

The eyes of the world will be on Glasgow, Scotland from Sunday when the United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, gets underway, and top politicians from across the globe aim to thrash out a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions and halt global warming before it has a catastrophic effect on the climate.

However, some notable figures, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, are expected to be no-shows and some politicians, including officials working for U.K. Chancellor Rishi Sunak, have warned there are costs to decarbonising industries.

In an interview with BBC Radio 4, The Terminator star, who became an outspoken advocate of green policies as California's Governor, took aim at those dragging their feet on climate change.

"We are number one economically in the United States with a GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of $3.3 trillion, so it shows you can protect the environment and the economy at the same time," he explained. "So all those countries that come and give speeches (saying), 'We are not going to go and lose jobs because of going greener,' they are liars. Or they are stupid and just don't know how to do it because we figured out how to do it.

"They can figure out how to do it and it's all about having the balls to do it."

Schwarzenegger previously clashed with former U.S. President Donald Trump over his environmental policies, in particular his decision to pull out of the previous Paris Agreement, which was negotiated and signed in 2015 at the previous major international climate summit.

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